If you are experiencing frequent immunity problems, you should know that there are natural ways to improve it.
* The 5:2 diet
According to scientists at the University of California fasting for just 3 days stimulates stem cells to produce new white blood cells that fight infections, which automatically improves the immunity of the body. So, if you restrict your calorie intake for, for example, 5 days a week, you are, in fact, boosting your immunity, not only helping for weight loss.
* Quickly dip in cold water
It might be the last thing you would choose to do when the weather is cold, but swimming in cold water activates the body defense, according to Daniel Start, author of Wild Swimming. This method also stimulates the production of white blood cells, by Czech researchers. So, if you find swimming in cold water too extreme, try switching the shower to cold for a minute every morning. At least it will wake you up instantly.
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*A hearty breakfast
Starting the day with a good breakfast is multiple useful: not only in maintaining the weight but in reducing the risk of catching colds and flu. By certain Netherlands researchers this way we increase the level of interferon, an anti-viral agent, by 450%. If we skip it, it causes level drop by 17%. To provide the right amount of gamma interferon production, the breakfast calories intake should be 1.200. So, be careful with the other daily meals in order not to put on extra weight.
*Keeping your toes toasty
By Common Cold Centre at Cardiff University people that stay long with wet feet catch cold more often than people who change out the wet outfit, after exercising. Chilling feet causes blood vessels to constrict in the nose and the immune system fails to respond properly. So, when you decide to quickly run into the gym, don’t forget to switch the wet socks with dry ones.
*Some wine for good immunity
There is a study by Professor Ron Eccles, director of the Common Cold Centre saying that a glass of wine with the evening meal is good for the body immunity.
We don’t recommend booze, but controlled consumption of alcohol makes us more responsive to vaccinations, by researchers of the Vaccine Journal. And it improves the mood as well. So, if you, anyway, get the flu, don’t hesitate to take a glass of wine.